The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus across the UK now stands at 1,543, up by 171 in one day.
The current death toll stands at 37 in the UK, but this will be updated later today.
Shapps said if demand falls further then there is a risk trains being cancelled as there is “no point in running ghost trains.”
Shapps told Sky News, “The UK has probably just been at a slightly different stage – compared with places like Italy but also a little behind where France and Germany are.”
Professor Francois Balloux, of University College London warned the government’s chief scientific advisor, Sir Patrick Vallance, that his approach to the virus is a “big gamble.”
The government are set to give police new powers to arrest those who are not self-isolating, Matt Hancock said.
Hancock said that bars, restaurants, shops except supermarkets and pharmacies may all close, he further announced that over 70s will soon be told to stay indoors for up to four months.
TV’s Shebab Khan, who spoke with government sources said on Saturday evening, “The approach and strategy is to delay the spread of the virus so the measures could include closing down schools, bars, clubs, shops, restaurants.
The UK shutdown of entire cities could be imposed within just 20 days, according to ITV.